A specialist team of CPS prosecutors will be on call during the European Championships (Euro 2016) which kick off in France on 10 June. They will act as a point of contact to the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) and assist them in seeking a Civil Football Banning Order against individuals in appropriate cases.
Ahead of Euro 2016, CPS has worked with UKFPU and Foreign and Commonwealth Office colleagues to ensure that arrangements are in place for the French courts to deal with appropriate cases. CPS has also worked with HMCTS colleagues to agree the operation of a number of courts throughout England and Wales to deal with Euro 2016 related cases.
220,000 tickets have been sold to British fans for the tournament and all Euro 2016 matches fall under the provisions of the Football Spectators Act. This means that public order offences and offences of violence that are committed during or following a Euro 2016 match may be considered football related and therefore Football Banning Orders may be applicable.
John Montague, CPS National Lead Football Prosecutor said:
“The European Championships are set to be a fantastic occasion and we want all the fans to enjoy the tournament in safety.
“Should this safety be compromised in any way by fans from the UK, our prosecutors will be on hand to advise the police on criminal charges and where a Football Banning Order is considered appropriate.
“We hope all travelling England and Wales fans enjoy their time in France and that it is an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons.”
- The eight specialist football prosecutors will be on call from 0500 hours – 0100 hours the following morning for the duration of the tournament.
- Approximately 220,000 tickets have been sold to British fans, but we can expect many more to travel to France to enjoy the tournament.
- Football Banning Orders are designed to prevent football-related violence and disorder. They can be sought against an individual either on conviction for a relevant offence or by way of complaint where the police apply for an order from the court.
- Only a court can impose a football banning order. Orders can be between 3 and 10 years in duration.
- Breach of a banning order is a criminal offence, punishable by a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison or a fine of up to £5,000, or both. In addition a further banning order may be imposed.
- The large majority of those who are subject to football banning orders received them because of incidents at or relating to domestic football games rather than at international fixtures.